Thursday, March 1, 2012

1880s-1924 Autograph Album of the Prince Family of New Brunswick, Canada


1880s-1924 autograph album of the Prince family of New Brunswick, Canada.  See images of the album in a slide show at the bottom of this post.



The album measures approximately 7-1/4" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of nearly 50 members of the Prince and Nice families and other relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

I believe the album was started by Victoria Alice Prince.  At some point it was taken over by her nieces, Alice Maude Prince and Ella Audrey Prince, daughters of Victoria's brother Henry Nice Prince.  Of the pages that include the name of the person to whom the sentiment was directed, most were inscribed to Alice.


At least two were inscribed to Ella Audrey Prince:




Victoria Alice Prince was born about 1861 in New Brunswick, perhaps at Salisbury, the daughter of James and Eliza Mabel (Nice) Prince.  I found her, age 0, in the 1861 Census of Salisbury, New Brunswick; by the time of the 1871 Census, the family had moved to Saint John, New Brunswick.  I lost track of her after the 1881 Census of Saint John.

Alice Maude Prince was born about 1894 at Hardwood Ridge, New Brunswick; her sister Ella Audrey Prince was born 3 June 1899 at Linton, New Brunswick.  Their parents were Henry Nice Prince and Annie Lawrence (Eagers or Egers) Prince.  Henry Nice Prince and Victoria Alice Prince were brother and sister.

The sisters' paternal grandparents were James and Eliza Mabel (Nice) Prince; their maternal grandparents were Charles and Anne (Williams) Eagers, or Egers, born in Northern Ireland and Wales, respectively.

Alice Maude Prince married George L. Poeton on 7 July 1926 at Fredericton, New Brunswick.   George was born in Peabody, Massachusetts on 14 October 1894; Alice died there in 1985.  Ella Audrey Prince married Robert Hazen Thompson at Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1939.

Below, three pages that appear to have been inscribed by Alice Maude Prince herself:

Alice M. Prince, inscribed on August 10, 1919
Alice M. Prince
Alice M. Prince, inscribed on June 11, 1918
Other people with the surname Prince:

George N. Prince, inscribed on September 5, 1881

Uncle John Prince, inscribed at Saint John, New Brunswick, on March 28, 1881

Mabel A. Prince, inscribed November 28, 1918; sister of Alice Maude Prince and Ella Audrey Prince.

Sadie A. F. Prince, Saint John, New Brunswick, inscribed at Saint John, New Brunswick

Uncle William L. Prince, inscribed on March 1, 1881

Other relatives:


Uncle Henry Nice of Portland, Oregon, who became an influential citizen of the Northwest.

Kate A. Nice of Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick

Cousin Pop [?]

A Saint John Cousin; right side of page is missing


Cousin Lizzie Ross of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1886

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the signers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Signers in the album       [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]
  • A. P., inscribed to Ella in 1924
  • Allie
  • Anonymous
  • Cousin Pop
  • Cousin Art [?] of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1882
  • Bertha, possibly Bertha Cutter, 1884
  • Friend
B
  • Callie M. Ballock of Woodstock, New Brunswick, 1883
  • S. L. C. Bigelow of Truro, Nova Scotia, 1882 or S. D. C. Bigelow [also on a montage page, 1882]
  • Benjamin S. Black of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1883
  • Mary Black of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1883
C
  • Bertha, possibly Bertha Cutter, 1884
  • H. W. Crowe of Truro, Nova Scotia, 1882 [There's a Harry W. Crowe of Truro on a montage page, 1882]
D
  • Jennie E. Damery of Carleton, New Brunswick, 1881
F
  • W. G. Fletcher of Linton, New Brunswick [Wilfred G. Fletcher?], multiple pages from the late 1910s
  • A. Foster of Truro, Nova Scotia
G
  • Annie C. Gallagher of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
H
  • William Haly Hutton, 1881
I
  • Sarah M. Irvine, 1884
J
  • Rilla Y. Jones, 1883 [at the 1783-1883 Exposition]
L
  • Robert Lee of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
M
  • Ella B. McInnis of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1883
  • Emma M. McMackin of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1884
N
  • F. E. G. Nash, on a montage page, 1882
  • Henry Nice of Portland, Oregon, Uncle
  • Kate A. Nice of Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick
O
  • Claude T. Olmstead of Chipman, New Brunswick, multiple pages, late 1910s
  • T. Aug. Oxelgren
P
  • A. P., 1924 [possibly Prince]
  • E. A. P.
  • R. Chick Pearson of Truro, Nova Scotia, 1882
  • J. J. Porter of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
  • Alice M. Prince, several pages in 1910s
  • George N. Prince, 1881
  • John Prince of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
  • Mabel A. Prince, 1918
  • Sadie A. F. Prince of Saint John, New Brunswick
  • William L. Prince, 1881
R
  • Mary Ready of Fairville, Saint John, New Brunswick, 1882
  • Lizzie Ross of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1886
  • Eunice N. Russell of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
  • J. W. Russell, 1884
S
  • Stetson, Charles H of Cambridge, Massachusetts, on montage,  (he wrote his name backwards!)
T
  • Harry Tremaine of Truro, Nova Scotia, 1882
  • James S. Trueman of Saint John, New Brunswick, 1881
V
  • A. C. Van Meter of Truro, Nova Scotia on a montage page, 1882.  He was Alvin Curtis Van Meter who married Henrietta Prince.
W
  • C. E. W., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on montage page, 1882
  • Hon. C. E. Weston, M. C.
  • Frank Williams of Boston, Massachusetts, 1886
  • S. B. Williams of Boston, Massachusetts
To see images of all of the pages, in page order, visit the Maine and Maritime Genealogy network.

A slide show of the album


Salisbury, New Brunswick to Saint John, New Brunswick



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